RIO DE JANEIRO -- The mens Olympic golf tournament has seen its share of negativity with all of the high-profile withdrawals. But the tournament does boast six of the top 12 players in the world, including six major championship winners. The 60-man field stretches from No. 5 Henrik Stenson of Sweden to No. 405 Jose-Filipe Lima of Brazil. While Lima is not expected to contend for a medal, the idea of a low-ranked player rising up and making things interesting certainly exists in golf. Here is a look at some of the main contenders for the gold medal -- and a few possible countries that could be sleepers to earn a silver or bronze medal.1. Henrik Stenson. The Swede is the hottest player in the field, having won a European Tour event in Germany, The Open and then a sixth-place tie at the PGA Championship. Stenson is also stoked to win here, certainly an important factor.2. Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard has also expressed nothing but enthusiasm for the Olympics, and was here to participate in the Opening Ceremony. Although Garcia missed the cut at the PGA, he finished fifth at both the U.S. Open and The Open. It would only be fitting if Garcia, tormented in the majors, ended up winning the first Olympic gold since golf was last held at the Games in 1904.3. Martin Kaymer. The two-time major winner from Germany has been hovering around 50th in the world for most of what as been a so-so season. He tied for seventh at the PGA Championship but has not won since his 2014 U.S. Open victory. Kaymer, however, is another player keen on the Olympic competition.4. Patrick Reed. One of the four Americans in the field, Reed might be the most fired up to participate in the Olympics. Ranked 14th in the world, Reed is coming off a tie for 11th at the Travelers Championship, his fourth consecutive finish between 10th and 13th. Reed has not won in more than a year.5. Justin Rose. The Englishman continues to lurk around the top 10 in the world, a consistent contender but an infrequent winner. His last victory came in the fall at the Hong Kong Open, but his name is routinely on leaderboards, which makes him a threat anywhere. Rose has embraced the Olympics, was here early to see the course and seems poised to get a win.SLEEPERS1. Venezuela. Not a big golf-playing nation, but Jhonattan Vegas is a two-time PGA Tour winner who recently captured the Canadian Open. Few would be surprised to see him win here, let alone contend for a medal.2. Ireland. No Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland and Ireland compete as one nation in the Olympics). No Shane Lowry. No Graeme McDowell. No problem. Padraig Harrington still has the ability to get it done, and Seamus Power is an up-and-coming name in the game.3. Argentina. Not only is Emiliano Grillo a strong medal contender, but he could easily give Argentina its next major championship. Already a winner on the PGA Tour, he got into contention at the PGA. He also is a solid ball striker, a trait that will suit him well in windy Rio.4. India. Anirban Lahiri has already experienced plenty of international golf, playing a good bit this year in the United States and also competing last year on the International Presidents Cup team. His countryman SSP Chawrasia gets on the all-name team, but he could also surprise.5. Australia. Clearly the Aussies would not be on the outside looking in at a medal if Jason Day or Adam Scott or even Marc Leishman were here. But Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser are seasoned pros who have played around the world, including Europe and Asia -- although their success on the big stage is limited. Cheap Jordan Retro 12 .Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. Air Jordan Retro 12 Wholesale . 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The womens pursuit team is favored to capture gold. Several Americans could land on the BMX podium.Will anybody in the U.S. notice? Or even care?That is perhaps the biggest challenge facing USA Cycling as the Rio Games arrive. One of the nations most popular participatory sports is dealing with aging athletes, declining membership and a vast disconnect between amateur riders and their elite counterparts.It has left USA Cycling officials to wonder just where they stand in the sports structure.There is no doubt we need to adapt as an organization, agreed Derek Bouchard-Hall, who took over as the governing bodys CEO last year after a successful career in private business.To usher the organization into the future, Bouchard-Hall spent several months examining USA Cyclings shortcomings, then came up with a three-prong approach to shake things up.First, he is championing a renewed emphasis on amateur cycling, rather than funneling so much of USA Cyclings resources to elite athletes. The idea is that by fostering growth at the grassroots level, the sport in the U.S. will become more robust in the long-term.Second, he wants to broaden the coverage of USA Cycling to encompass not just racers but the everyday cyclist, those who ride in mass events such as RAGBRAI -- the bike ride across Iowa taking place this week -- and Gran Fondos, the pseudo-races that have become all the rage.Finally, he wants an organization that is more open, transparent and willing to adjust to feedback, a customer-focused approach that stems from his previous job with bike retailer Wiggle.Thats not to say USA Cycling is abandoning elite athletes. Instead, Bouchard-Hall believes the amateur cyclist and elite cyclist go hand-in-hand, the growth of one helping the other.People say, `Where do you put your efforts, the amateurs or the elite? The answer is both, he explained. This is a balance that all national governing bodies in America face.The Rio Olympics may offer an opportunity to kick-start his plan.Sure, broadcaster NBC will focus on more glamorous sports such as gymnastics and swimming, the traditional Olympic sports that push the public needle. But whether they are mere highlights of Armstrong in the time trial or Connor Fields on the BMX track, or online streams of cycling events throughout the Olympic program, the visibility of the Summer Games is priceless.That is crucial for USA Cycling, which has always struggled to raise money.Part of its support comes from the U.S. Olympic Committee, and is based on success at world championships and other major competitions. But according to recent USOC tax returns, sports such as shooting, rowing and sailing often receive more money than cycling.Where we suffer is our federation doesnt have the funds, said Sarah Hammer, who anchors the womens pursuit team.dddddddddddd Something like swimming, they can generate their own through sponsors.USA Cycling has rarely had that ability, even when Lance Armstrong was in the spotlight.Some worry things could get even tighter for elite athletes if Bouchard-Hall redirects some of their scant funding to support the growth of grassroots cycling. But he quickly dispels that notion, pointing toward fundraising and sponsorship plans to help fill those coffers.More importantly, Bouchard-Hall said, people should understand that his plan to revitalize USA Cycling is a long-term approach that will eventually benefit elite athletes, too.By growing the sport at the local level, Bouchard-Hall hopes USA Cyclings slow membership decline will turn around. More young people will pick up cycling, reversing a trend toward an aging demographic. And some day, the best of those athletes will advance far enough in the sport that they will compete at world championships and the Olympics.Were not even participating in track cycling in some of disciplines, which is unfortunate, Bouchard-Hall said. We believe were a really important part of the racing ecosystem, but we also believe its the right thing to do to foster participation at all levels.USA Cycling received a small bump four years ago from the London Games, where it won four cycling medals -- fifth-most of any nation. But Bouchard-Hall hopes for a bigger return from the Rio Games, where the time zone will make tuning in easier for American fans.The difficulty lies in trying to build on the visibility.Were not a sport that generates a lot of attention without big megastars and big money, Bouchard-Hall said. When we had Lance, we got a lot of attention, cycling got a lot of publicity. But our Olympians, as great as those stories are within the sport -- and people who follow the sport do love them -- they dont translate well outside of them. What we need to do is get out the stories and thats a difficult challenge.But its also a unique opportunity. The Olympics are a once-every-four-years chance to help Bouchard-Hall jumpstart his vision for the future of USA Cycling.You have to be able to change as an organization when everything around you is changing, said Mark Gullickson, the long-tenured director of USA Cyclings mountain bike program.I think Derek was faced with some really tough challenges, Gullickson said, and were still in the early phases of where youre headed. But I think were making changes that we need to make if you really want to change the direction of the program to meet the needs of the members. 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